NLA is not a breeder’s club nor has it ever promoted any breeder. Instead, we promote the responsible breeding of wolfdogs and lupine-type dogs. What do we promote as being a responsible breeder? Please see our Breeder Code of Ethics for a detailed explanation, but the short version is as follows:
A responsible breeder will
- use only northern-breed or lupine-type dogs/wolfdogs as their breeding stock: German Shepherd, Malamute, Husky or a verifiable combination.
- breed non-aggressive animals of sound temperament.
- never breed animals with a known or debilitating/life-threatening genetic defect that would/could affect future offspring.
- provide the buyer with a written breeder-buyer contract that (1) provides a return or replacement policy and a stipulation for the right of return (i.e., the breeder is notified first if, for any reason, the owner cannot keep the animal); (2) includes spay/neuter clauses for pet quality animals; (3) provides a health guarantee (with a veterinary-certified health certificate) and verification that the animal is up to date on required vaccinations and wormings.
- release accurate and verifiable pedigree information (with a minimum of three generations) about their breeding animals.
- be honest and provide lineage information if they are brokering an animal for someone else.
- screen prospective buyers (and seek references) to determine their knowledge and containment prior to selling an animal (and will not sell to unqualified individuals).
- reclaim or assist in the placement of any animal he or she has produced should the owner be unable/unwilling to keep the animal.
- allow (and even encourage) prospective owners to visit their premises and meet the breeding parents.
- ensure that sufficient buyers are lined up prior to a breeding.
- provide proper husbandry to their own animals.
Below are some of our publications on breeding:
This tri-fold brochure provides information on finding an ethical and responsible wolfdog breeder.
The information in this document is a comprehensive and detailed definition of a responsible and ethical wolfdog breeder according to NLA.
This is an excerpt from the book Slave to a Pack of Wolves, written by Gordon K Smith, the creator of the GKS line of wolfdogs in the 1970s and '80s. He tells the story of how he became a breeder and identifies some of his early trials and tribulations, paying particular attention to how difficult it was creating a line that (1) bred true and (2) he was satisfied with.
This research pamphlet details the stages of puppy growth and development from the neonatal stage, through the transitional and socialization stages, into the juvenile stage.
This two-page document was a collaboration by a half dozen wolfdog advocates and breeders. If you are interested in becoming a breeder, read what these wolfdog breeders have to say about their experiences.
This article was written be a very experienced wolfdog breeder of old, highlighting her experiences. A must read for anyone interested in breeding wolfdogs. It was originally published in 2016 in the National Lupine News.